No one informed me until today that this week (Sept. 13-19) is National Cupcake Week. To celebrate, I’ll be baking a batch of cupcakes Thursday night (TBD variety), but in the meantime, I wanted to get up a post about some delicious cupcakes I baked up a few weeks ago: Fluffer-Oreo Cupcakes, courtesy of Picky Palate — one of my new favorite food blogs.
These were the most involved cupcakes I’ve made to date, but that’s not really saying too much, considering I’ve only ever made Funfetti‘ cupcakes out of a box. (Then again, Funfetti is always a crowd pleaser…). I dubbed myself The Cupcake Fairy after I made these, as I brought a dozen to the office, a bunch to a barbecue and had a handful of visitors pop over for a taste. The overwhelming response? Success!
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♦1 box yellow cake mix
♦1/2 c. water
♦1/2 c. canola oil
♦1 box vanilla instant pudding
♦4 oz. softened cream cheese (non-fat works!)
♦1 package Oreo cookies
♦1 c. marshmallow cream (half for batter, half for layers)
For cream cheese icing:
♦8 oz. softened cream cheese (non-fat works here, too!)
♦1 stick softened butter
♦3 c. powdered sugar
In lined cupcake tin, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter into each cup. Press one Oreo into each cup, plop on a dollop of marshmallow cream and add 2 more tablespoons of batter to fill the cup about 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 25-27 minutes at 350 degrees. Tops should be golden brown. Let cakes cool completely before frosting. Use remaining Oreos (crumbled) to top. Yields 24 large cupcakes.
FROSTING: Place cream cheese and butter in mixer and beat until well combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar until frosting is desired consistency. (For this recipe, the cupcakes were so sweet that I used less sugar in the frosting to avoid my friends’ teeth falling out of their heads.)
Total time? 75-ish minutes (including frosting-making).
Cost? On the cheaper side: $1 cake mix, $1 cream cheese, Oreos on sale for $1.99, generic brand instant vanilla pudding for 79¢, marshmallow cream for about $2, powdered sugar about $2.
Overall success relative to expectations? 9 out of 10. People loved these things; I just wished I had invested in a nice icing piper to make them look stellar.